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Namaste News










Spring 2007 edition




  Special points of interest:


· Mars supports Namaste


· Student Spotlight


· What is a Charter School?


· Sock Hop


· Thank you!



























Save the Date!


your calendar for October 19 when Namaste hosts its annual fundraiser
at The Chopping Block Cooking School. The evening includes hands-on
cooking demonstrations, delicious food, wine and a silent auction. Bring a friend and help support the remarkable work of Namaste Charter School.




















































Namaste Charter School


3540 S. Hermitage


Chicago, IL 60609




Phone: 773-715-9558


Fax: 773-376-6495




















Take me out to the Cub game!


What could be better then watching Cubs baseball on a beautiful June afternoon? Watching
it from a rooftop across the street from Wrigley! Brixen & Ivy has
generously donated their roof top and lounge for 110 of Namaste’s
friends when the Cubs play the Padres on Sunday, June 17 at 1:20 PM.
Join us for a fun afternoon of baseball, friends, food and drinks. To
reserve your seats, call us at 773.715.9558. Tickets are $150 and
include food and drinks. Thank you Brixen Ivy for this generous donation!


































































Student Spotlight


In each newsletter, Namaste will proudly feature one student
- giving you an up-close look at what a Namaste education means to our
amazing kids. In the spotlight this quarter is Oscar, a 2nd-grader in
the dual language class.


Oscar, what is your favorite vegetable? Carrots, because it makes me stronger.


What is your favorite fruit? Green apples. I like when they are juicy.


What is your favorite yoga pose? Balancing stick. 


What do you like about Namaste? Everyone learns something, and everyone behaves.


What is your favorite family activity at Namaste? Literacy Night because we get to wear our pajamas, read and have cookies and milk.









What is your favorite book? 
I Spy.


How would you describe Namaste? A place to learn.


What is your most fun memory at Namaste? When our teacher Ms. Lola read a book about dinosaurs and we made dinosaur puppets.














Mars Shares with Namaste!


Mars presented a check to Namaste for $150,000 in support of -
an on-line resource for parents and teachers that helps to integrate
health and wellness into homes and classrooms. “NamasteShares provides
an ideal model for school-based intervention and health and wellness
education, and we think it’s extremely important to share these best
practices with other schools to encourage healthy habits in and out of
the classroom,” said Marlene Machut, Director of Health, Science and
Nutrition Education for Mars. “Mars support will allow us to apply our
mission of teaching physical fitness, nutrition and health beyond the
walls of Namaste,” said Allison Slade, Namaste’s principal. “Our small
school is inspiring others to apply our philosophy and curriculum to
their own programs.” Thank you Mars for your support!



















































Did you know???









Namaste partners with Children’s Memorial Hospital to measure the health and fitness levels of its children. Preliminary
findings show a significant change in activity including a reduction in
sedentary activity and increases in vigorous activity of over 47%! Body Mass Index (BMI) levels did not increase and the percent of children overweight had fallen as well.




















“These preliminary results indicate that Namaste’s immersion intervention holds promise and merits further study.” Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago’s Children (CLOCC)  












Sock Hoppin’


students can really cut a rug!  This year’s Valentine’s Day Sock Hop
was organized by the Parent Teacher Organization. Namaste students,
parents and siblings danced to favorites such as “Monster Mash,” “Twist
and Shout”, “Wiggle Wiggle” and many others. Ms. Rose led students in
choreographed movements they learned in class. Parents decorated the
hall, sold raffle tickets and provided and served healthy snacks such
as oranges, carrots, crackers and juice.  It was a fun… and exhausting
night for all!













Ada and Ida Crown Memorial
CRA International


Fry Family Foundation


OSA Foundation


Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation




Searle Funds at the Chicago
Community Trust


Tasky Memorial Scholarship


Les Dames d’Escoffier
Mars, Inc.
Moo & Oink
Service Showcase Inc.
Erik Barefield
Bud & Caren Berman
Jerry & Linda Bernstein
Thelma Block & Irving Katuna


Mary Bowler





Cathy Calhoun
Maneesh  and Archana Chawla
Eric Friedman



Jack & Anita Friedman
Roberta Glick
Brian & Alison Hays
Marvin & Rosellen Hoffman


Paul & Karen Hurkes


Allison Jack


Dick & Martha Jack


Milton Jaffee & Cheri Mock


Abe & Katherine Katz


Joel & Sue Kaufman


Sylvia Klinger


Jeanette Lang


Harvey & Linda Lezak


Yacoub & Elena Massuda







Namaste thanks these individuals, corporations, and foundations for their recent financial support.
























Judson & Linda Miner


Joseph & Maria Muhl
Edward & Susan Nadler


Gerald & Barbara Oguss


Susan Peterson


Doug & Ann Porter


Michael Quaid


Randall & Carol Reeves


Lawrence & Linda Remensnyder


Carol Rosen


Stephen Seliger & Andrea LeWinter


Michael & Renee Slade


Jennifer Sullivan


Mary Jo Victor


Damon Vincent


Phyllis Winter


Steven & Susan Zemelman















What is a charter school?


charter school is an independent public school operated by an outside
organization and subject to the same safety, civil rights, special
education and bilingual regulations as traditional public schools. It is free to attend and
children are selected by a lottery system. Charter schools are unique,
and have flexibility to offer different educational options including
extended school day, year-round schedule, and number of grades served. Charter
schools received some funding from the local school district, but must
cover facility, physical plant improvements and unique programming
only 61% of the entire cost of operating Namaste is provided by Chicago
Public Schools, therefore Namaste seeks private funding to cover its
remaining costs.
 Please consider a financial donation today to: Namaste Charter School, 3540 S. Hermitage, Chicago IL 60609.














Special thanks to founding board member Jay Young for his years of service and dedication to Namaste. Jay’s
commitment helped to move Namaste from a concept, to one of Chicago’s
most successful, growing, and vibrant charter schools. We will miss you Jay!

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